Degree Requirements


Master of Science in Nutrition 

Note: The degree requirements for the M.S. in Nutrition degree are under revision. Current students are still subject to the current requirements. New students will be subject to the revised requirements.

1. Nutrition Required Courses: 12 semester hours

Certain areas of knowledge must be mastered by all nutritionists.  Upon review of transcripts a student may be required to satisfactorily complete these courses.

NUTR 5470: Human Nutrition and Metabolism
NUTR 5477: Medical Nutrition Therapy II
NUTR 6255: Nutrition in Adults and the Elderly
NUTR 6245: Maternal and Pediatric Nutrition

2. Core Requirements: 14 semester hours

MATH 6363: Research Statistics
NUTR 6325: Advanced Nutrition I
NUTR 6330: Advanced Nutrition II
NUTR 6332: Nutrition in the Prevention and Treatment of Chronic Disease
NUTR 6216: Nutrition and Dietetics Research

3. Synthesis/Research Capstone or Thesis Option: 4 - 9 semester hours

NUTR 6XCS: 4 - 6 semester hours of Capstone: Master's Project (taken across two semesters), or 
NUTR 63TP/NUTR 6XTR: 3 semester hours of Thesis Proposal and 3 - 6 hours of Thesis Research
Continued enrollment until completion of Thesis is required.

4. Nutrition Electives

Students choose Nutrition electives for minimum of 30 credit hours as established in the degree plan with the graduate advisor.  Within these additional courses, one course must be didactic course in Nutrition.

5. Additional Course Requirements

In addition, students may select electives to meet the requirements for the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). Students may be required to complete other courses in order to meet these didactic requirements.  Students apply separately to the DPD. Please consult with the DPD director.

6. Comprehensive Understanding Requirements

Completion of the M.S. in Nutrition degree requires the student to pass all parts of the comprehensive examination. The comprehensive examination covers material related to the core, and as appropriate, the selected concentration of the student. The comprehensive examination includes both written and oral components, and should be taken during the student's last year of study.

The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at the University of the Incarnate Word is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995, Telephone: 800/877-1600, ext. 5400.

Requirements prior to 8/14/2017